Approximately 10% of all students are neurodivergent, yet many of us understand very little about their experience of the school environment and curriculum. Developing an understanding of autism and neurodiversity enhances the practice of inclusion in schools, improves learning outcomes and social experience for students, and will assist you in classroom management.
Participants of this course will learn about how neurodivergent students experience the classroom environment and learning activities, and will be guided through the process of creating a plan to make their classrooms more inclusive and accessible to better support neurodivergent students.
This course is written and presented by Michelle Swan. Michelle is an internationally known autistic Australian writer, speaker, resource developer, mentor, and neurodiversity rights advocate. Michelle’s work focuses on self-understanding and personal development, peer support, community building and meaningful inclusion in all settings. Through centring the voices of neurodivergent people in conversations about neurodiversity, she encourages real understanding of their experiences and appropriate ways to support them. While Michelle does have qualifications in Education and Psychology, she presents “Autism and Neurodiversity in the Classroom” from her perspective of lived experience of neurodiversity as an autistic woman raising neurodivergent children, from her experience working with and supporting neurodivergent people, and from the research and experience of the international neurodivergent community. This course will give you a perspective on autism and neurodiversity that can only be gained by listening to someone who lives it!
This course was developed for teachers and support staff of Pre-school through to Stage 6, but is relevant for anyone wanting to understand the experience of a neurodivergent person. It is NESA endorsed at Proficient level and presented face-to-face over 6 hours. Catering and participant workbooks are included in the course fees. A Certificate of Participation can be provided for anyone not accredited as Proficient.
Module 1: Exploration of neurodiversity, including statistics around the prevalence of neurodivergence, its value in the classroom, and some of our challenges as educators.
Module 2: How does neurodivergence impact the students' experience? We share the experiences of neurodivergent people in a number of school and life situations, and discuss sensory processing and executive function differences. The impact on the student of expectations, desire and inability to conform is also explored.
Module 3: Communication and behaviour go hand-in-hand. Learn the importance of recognising distressed behaviour as communication, and how to respond appropriately.
Module 4: How can you improve your practice? Workshop with participants to create a plan that will meet your students' needs.
Completing "Autism & Neurodiversity in the Classroom" will contribute 5 hours of NESA registered Professional Development addressing 4.1.2, 4.3.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.